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Zimmerman supported Obama, stood up for blacks

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It turns out that the recently-acquitted yet much-maligned George Zimmerman was a friend to black America, having tutored black youths, stood up for homeless blacks and, yes, even supported Barack Obama, the black nominee for president, according to his friends.

I would wager that few, if any, of the protesters, pundits, politicians and public figures who’ve been excoriating Zimmerman since his acquittal didn’t bother watching the trial from beginning to end. So their opinions are based solely on second-, third- or fourth-hand information — if any information at all.

Before the fringe media, fringe politicians and just plain fringe drag Zimmerman from his home and place his head on the chopping block, there are a few things they should be made aware of.

First of all, the FBI investigated him for evidence of a hate crime shortly after the shooting. They came up bupkis, and for good reason. Zimmerman is no racist.

“The person they are talking about is somebody completely different,” friend John Donnelly quoted Zimmerman as telling him recently, according to the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News. “Sometimes I have to go look at a mirror. They are talking about a totally different human being. They are talking about a racist. I’m not a racist.”

Donnelly said Zimmerman is anything but a racist.

“He’s been mentoring young black kids for years, he launched a campaign to help a homeless black man who was beaten up by a white kid, and he still just can’t believe all the things that have been said about him in the media,” Donnelly told the Mercury News.

Furthermore, there’s nothing about this information that’s new. Breitbart News reported in February:

Not only was Zimmerman not a racist – he had a black business partner, has Afro-Peruvian roots, and helped out underprivileged black kids in his neighborhood – he also was a supporter of the very president who would later slander him by innuendo.

As Robert, George’s brother, told me, George is “a registered Democrat. He registered as a Hispanic. He kind of did some internal family campaigning for Obama.”

Attorney General Eric Holder promised the NAACP Tuesday at its Orlando convention that the Department of Justice would continue to investigate Zimmerman for possible violations of federal hate crimes. Good luck with that one.

Shortly after Holder was sworn in as attorney general, he referred to America as a “nation of cowards.” If he ever hopes to exempt himself from that characterization, he should manage enough courage to tell the nation the truth — that there’s nothing to investigate in Zimmerman. He should announce that there’s no racism, no hatred, no animosity and everyone should just go on with their lives.

He should also point out that if there is any racism, it’s coming from the protesters, pundits, politicians and public figures themselves. The verdict is merely an excuse to spew their own bile and venom.

That’s what he should do — but he won’t. He doesn’t have the courage, and he may even have some of that racism, hatred and animosity nestled deep within his own heart.

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